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Paralegal Studies: Get Started ...

LSC Paralegal AAS and Certificate

Degrees and certificates in paralegal studies are available for students wishing to pursue a professional career as a paralegal/legal assistant. The goal of the program is to prepare students to perform effectively in a variety of legal settings and to adapt readily to changes in the legal environment. The program offers a two-year associate of applied science degree and a one-year certificate in paralegal studies. Only students already possessing either an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree may enter the certificate program.

To see more information on this be sure to visit our Paralegal Studies AAS Degree page

Exciting and fulfilling careers can be found in both the public and private sectors of legal practice for graduates holding paralegal degrees and certificates. Paralegals are trained to assist attorneys in such legal services as drafting legal documents, conducting legal research and factual investigations, and interviewing clients and witnesses.

Paralegals and Legal Assistants : Occupational Outlook Handbook. (2020, April 10). Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm

 

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Introduction

 "the first duty of society is justice" - Alexander Hamilton

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  This Research Guide serves to assist Paralegal students in the process of successfully completing their program

Video: What is a Paralegal

The Changing Role of the Paralegal

Paralegal Salary

What does a Paralegal do?

 

Paralegals and legal assistants typically do the following:

  • Investigate and gather the facts of a case
  • Conduct research on relevant laws, regulations, and legal articles
  • Organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing systems
  • Gather and arrange evidence and other legal documents for attorney review and case preparation
  • Write or summarize reports to help lawyers prepare for trials
  • Draft correspondence and legal documents, such as contracts and mortgages
  • Get affidavits and other formal statements that may be used as evidence in court
  • Help lawyers during trials by handling exhibits, taking notes, or reviewing trial transcripts
  • File exhibits, briefs, appeals and other legal documents with the court or opposing counsel
  • Call clients, witnesses, lawyers, and outside vendors to schedule interviews, meetings, and depositions

Paralegals and Legal Assistants : Occupational Outlook Handbook. (2020, April 10). Retrieved June 29, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm

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